Those of us who cover the Tennessee Titans on a daily basis knew that both Delanie Walker and Jurrell Casey both belonged in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on Sunday dispite their initial snubs by the voters that left them as first alternates.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and defensive tackle Kawann Short were initially voted into the game, but because their team advance to the Super Bowl next Sunday, the pair were forced to withdraw from the game and thus opening the door for Walker and Casey to receive their tickets to Hawaii.
On Sunday both Titans proved they belonged with the best the NFL has to offer at their positions as both made big plays in their Tem Irvin's 49-27 win over Team Rice.
It was Casey who made the first big play for the Titans pair as in the second quarter with 2:29 remaining before halftime and his defense defending a first and goal when Seattle's Michael Bennett deflected a Derek Carr pass and Casey intercepted the deflected ball, returning it to the 20 yardline and denying Team Rice potential points.
Waler's big play came late in the game when he found himself on the receiveing end of a Jameis Winston pass across the middle that Walker turned into a 53 yard catch and run touchdown, as he ran away form the two defenders as he raced to the corner of the endzone for the score.
Walker ended the afternoon with three receptions for 83 yards and the touchdown. He was the second leading receiver for his team whicj consisted of players such as A.J. Green, Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins, all of whom are top five wide receivers in the league. Not bad for a tight end from a terrible team.
Perhaps next year both players will once again get the recognition the deserve- if their performance warrants- and they won't have to sit and wait for someone else to drop out to make their second career Pro Bowls. They desrve it regardless of the record of the team they paly on.